Faculty of Science news
Bacteria that evolve resistance to antimicrobial therapies may be able to evade natural immune peptides. However, bacteria can evolve resistance to AMPs under strong selective pressure in vitro.
Stanford Daily, Mercury News, Wall Street Journal - Stanford study shows women report more intense pain than men
The long-held notion that women have a higher tolerance for pain than men do has been upended by a Stanford University study released on Monday, January 23rd 2012.
As a supramolecular chemist, Hanadi Sleiman found herself strongly drawn to manmade DNA structures. 'We think of DNA as the most programmable structure there is. I thought - if it is - let me try to incorporate it into regular supramolecular structures,' says the professor at McGill University, Montreal, Canada.
Human emissions of carbon dioxide will defer the next Ice Age, say scientists. The last Ice Age ended about 11,500 years ago, and when the next one should begin has not been entirely clear.
(Chemistry professor Joe Schwarcz): A child born into a wealthy family is said to have "been born with a silver spoon in his mouth." The silver represents wealth, but thanks to the "oligodynamic effect," it may even have a connection to health.
Researchers have discovered they can induce supersoldiers in Pheidole ant species that never had them before. These supersoldier anomalies represent dormant ancestral potential that can be invoked by changes in the environment. These findings are groundbreaking for evolutionary theory, because they show there is dormant genetic potential that can be locked in place for a very long time.
In 2006, while collecting ants on an abandoned property in central Long Island, biologist Ehab Abouheif of McGill University noticed eight unusually oversized ants. They were anomalies to the region, but looked similar to the so-called "supersoldier" ants found in the American Southwest.
Could 2012 be the year of Chickenosaurus, the first dinosaur to live in modern times? You might recall our story from a few years ago, describing what was then referred to as "Dinochicken."
(Chemistry prof Joe Schwarcz): They sold out after just four hours. And they weren't even hotcakes. They were just little capsules. But these capsules came with a nifty promise.
La physique des particules est en vedette cet automne. Après avoir révélé en octobre une anomalie pouvant remettre en question des théories fondamentales, voilà qu'une équipe internationale travaillant en Suisse a annoncé des traces de la «particule divine».